If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.

One quick story which I will use to tie into my point above (which comes from our Gospel this morning).

Have you ever had one of those days at work when the “beer-thirty” bell never rings.  If you’re unfamiliar with the “beer-thirty” bell, beer-thirty simply means the work day is over and it is time for a beer!  Some years back when my youngest daughter was still an infant, I had one of those days.  After fighting everything that went wrong at work, I spent the trip coming home sitting through the stress of traffic (I know, Cecilia & Garrett – we don’t have TRAFFIC in St. Louis) and thinking about all that had gone wrong that day.  Finally making it home, I pulled into the driveway, ready to finally kick back and relax when my daughter Mary came outside and greeted me coming out of my car.  My innocent little Mary greeted me with the following statement.  “Grandma Schumacher brought us all home, but you have got to go back to her house to get Teresa.”  I lost it.  The stress got the better of me and I started ranting about how I just came from that direction and now I gotta go back!  I then asked my daughter Mary, and rather curtly and loudly – “Why the hell is Teresa still at Grandma’s?”  And then everything went into slow motion.  My innocent daughter Mary had set me up!  Now sooner had those words left my mouth, my daughter pulls the cell phone from behind her back, raises it to her mouth and asks my mother-in-law…”Grandma – why didn’t you drop Teresa off when you brought the rest of us home?”.  Holy C_ _P!!!  Mary had my Mother-in-law on the cell phone for the entire rant I had just gone on!!  Well, if I wasn’t stressed out yet, I was at that point.  I drove back to my mother-in-law’s to get Teresa and went inside on my knee’s asking for her forgiveness.

So how does that tie into last of all and servant of all?  Easy.  My mother-in-law and my mother too, are both shining examples of what this means to me – last of all and servant of all.  I see it in my wife.  And to be rather honest, most women I know personify this personality.  Back in the day, most men never really thought about the sacrifices women made for their families.  Who was it that did the cooking, cleaning, laundry, care of the sick, changed diapers, ran the car pools, volunteered at school parties – the list goes on.  Even in this day when most women work, they still handle most of those duties – my wife does for the most part.  They are the perfect examples of “last of all and servant of all.”

We men should take heed of this message from Christ today.  If we truly want to be the Christian “head of our household”, we must embrace the motto of “Last of all and servant of all.”  It should be our life work to put our wives and our children ahead of ourselves.  It is through that life of humility that Christ will shine brightest in our lives.  It is through that act of servant-hood that your children will learn about self sacrifice.  It is through that act of love that your wife will be blessed with a little (and much needed) downtime.

Do something great for our Lord today – act like an electrician and iron out those shorts.  Just a little electrical humor.  Do something great for our Lord today – humble yourself before Him and your family; become that leader of all – that servant of all.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

And new today…

O Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary, offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of thy Divine Son for the intention that one mortal sin may be prevented this day (or this night).

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